10 Holly Jolly Things To Do In Houston This Holiday Season

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10 Holly Jolly Things To Do In Houston This Holiday Season

It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving, and for many, it’s the first day of the festive season!

‘Tis officially the season. Houston was on the nice list this year, for every where you look the city is lit up with dazzling festive displays, bubbling with crafty cocktails, and ringing with cheerful holiday tunes. If you haven’t already dived into the festivities of the season, it’s about time you did with these 10 holly jolly things to do in Houston this year! [Featured image: @spacecenterhou]

1. Ditch Your Grinch At Houston’s Hou-Ville

We’re all pretty much The Grinch this year, right? Be that as it may, there’s still ample time for us to salvage our Christmas spirit, especially with the Dr. Seuss-inspired Christmas Village opening up in Houston this holiday season. On December 1, Hou-Ville opens at 40 Below in Downtown for all the Hous in Houston!

2. Venture Into A Galaxy Of Space Lights

We’re gliding into the holiday season and lighting displays abound in the City of Houston with electronic LED-powered cheer. But when it comes to the most Houston-centric lighting display, nothing says “Space City” more than the Galaxy of Lights spectacle that orbits Space Center Houston.

3. Drive Into A Lighting Vortex

Hello, holidays: Houston’s first drive-thru animated Christmas light experience has rolled into Spring for the joyous season.

“Looking for a safe & family-friendly festivity for Christmas 2020,” the Light Park Troupe writes on its Facebook page. “Come visit our drive-thru light spectacular with over a million lights synchronized to a cheerful mix of holiday music.”

4. Party Like A Lion In The Zoo

The Houston Zoo is set to feature a myriad of enchanting attractions for the whole family, including a gorgeous 125-foot Infinity Tunnel of Light, an enchanting 4D forest, a Zoo Lights Zebra named Candy, a giant ice throne, and of course, the one and only Santa Clause, who will be available for socially-distanced photographs as he prepares for the big day in his workshop.

5-6. Rep Your Favorite Texas-Based Burger Chain


It’s hard to imagine that any other state could rep a local fast food chain harder than Texas does Whataburger. In celebration of the holidays, the flying W is giving the people the chance to don their classic orange colors with a new line of ugly Christmas apparel and seasonal trinkets.

  • The chain recently teamed up with Houston-based company and Shark Tank hopeful, Holiball, to create a series of Texas-sized inflatable yard ornaments. The new series includes ornaments available in white and orange, as well as enormous Whataburger to-go bag.

7. Skate In The Heart Of Downtown, Houston

Glide into the holidays this season! Discovery Green in Downtown, Houston has announced the return of their outdoor rink this season. From now until January 13, Discovery Green is hosting public skates at the foot of Houston’s skyline

8. Relive Your Childhood Classics

Last month it was announced that the Charlie Brown holiday specials would not be airing on network TV this year. Apple TV+ had just signed a deal with the Peanuts brand and production companies, giving it exclusive streaming rights for Peanuts classics, including A Charlie Brown Christmas.

9. Rent Out A Private Theater With Friends For The Ultimate Holiday Movie Marathon

When it comes to movies in theaters, you never know who is going to be in that crowd with you… until now. Get the best of both worlds: the big screen, and a hand-selected audience to enjoy it with at Alamo Drafthouse by renting your own private Alamo!

10. Take A Radiant Drive Out To These Magical Light Spectacles

If, as a wise elf once said, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to here,” the second best way is by displaying an insane amount of glittering Christmas lights. This year, three cities in the Lonestar State will be even brighter with the arrival of “Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular.”

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